Kidd Lager | The Fort Collins Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Fort Collins Brewery
Colorado, United States
fortcollinsbrewery.com

Style: Schwarzbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
"A hint of smoked malt compliments the chocolate malt in this surprisingly light bodied Schwarzbier. Experience Kidd's intriguing aroma and complex flavor as you enjoy this remarkable style of beer."

Added by Beaver13 on 02-01-2004

BEER STATS
Reviews:
194
Ratings:
316
Avg:
3.74
pDev:
13.1%
 
 
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8
Gots:
7
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Photo of WesWes
4.3/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a nice dark brown color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a malty scent that boasts of crystal and chocolate malts. It's sweet with a dry lager yeast aroma. The taste is great. It has a smooth and creamy black and chocolate malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes dry with some residuasl sweetness. It has a bit of an earthy feel, but the malt sweetness balances the taste. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn fine black lager. I love the taste. This is a good drinker anytime; one of their best.

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Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep brown hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a toasted malt, some burnt grain and a slight noble hop.

The taste consisted of a smooth burnt grain, some caramel sweetness and a good pumpernickel breadiness.

The mouthfeel was average for the style.

Overall a tasty and well made schwarzbier.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer was a surprise- quite tasty and a good deal better than I was expecting. Pours a very dark brown with a decent head that fades to a thin ring. Smells roasty, grainy , and with a nice touch of smoke. The taste is even a bit richer and roastier to start and with the same subtle but noticeable smoke. A little caramel sweetness and light bitterness on the finish round things out. A little thin in the mouth, but ultimately quite satisfying.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.66/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

As I pour this into my 25cl tulip glass I get a full, roasted aroma. The head forms an initially three finger thick, slightly brown, tan color that recedes at a medium pace. The beer is an opaque black color that shows a stunningly, brilliantly clear, rich ruby hue when held up to the light. Roasted notes take on flavors of deeply browned bread crust, black coffee, burnt grain flavors and a soft, but substantial salty smokiness; this last made me look at the bottle & yep there is some smoke malt in the grain bill. I really like the extra depth that the smoked malt adds to the aroma.

Fairly light bodied with a touch of sweetness to it that is accentuated by the fact that it is a bit cold. Warming the beer helps a bit, including a boost to the body which seemed a bit thin before. The finish has a touch of chalkiness to it in addition to a thin smoke note that isn't nearly as lush and appetizing as it is in the aroma. A significant roast character provides lost of burnt flavors, a touch of acidity, some astringent burnt grain husk flavors. A touch of fruitiness seems to be here at times, though it is very subtle, but most reminds me of burnt cherries. The roast grain here definitely supplies a bit of bitterness to the finish.

This has a great aroma to it, but unfortunately the flavor doesn't quite live up to the promise of the nose. Not bad, but the aroma got me expecting something that was quite tasty.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.19/5  rDev +12%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a very deep brown with a light white head, spotty lace.

S: Nice note of campfire smoke with a lot of dark chocolate.

T: Real nice dark chocolate and roast flavour with that background smoke. Subtle hint of dark fruit in the finish.

M: Medium-bodied, smooth, creamy, a bit spritzy.

O: The winner of the Fort Collins mix pack is the Kidd Lager. Excellent flavour and very much to style, the smoked malt adds a nice touch. Just wish I got more than the one bottle in the mix pack.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dense brown with one-finger head that left sticky lace patches on my glass. Great smell of roasted and sweet malts - chocolate, caramel, some toffee. Pleasurable drinking here as this beer is incredibly smooth and creamy with a good amount of chocolate flavor, although it is more of a bitter chocolate and it is balanced with the roasted malts for a sturdy, almost chewey body that finishes dry. Solid beer here to try.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a four finger, brown head that fades to a shallow layer leaving a good lace. Deep mahogany color. Light carbonation and light bodied. Chocolate nose. Starts with an almost sweet chocolate flavor that becomes bakers chocolate. Good flavor but body is thin. $1.49 for a 12oz bottle from John's Grocery Iowa City, IA.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle

A- Pours a dark brown color with reddish hues and a light tan colored head with decent lacing and retention.

S- The aroma smells great, there is a lot of chocolate malts along with a hint of smoke.

T- The taste like the aroma features a lot of dark chocolate malts that are roasted with a smokey finish with just a mild touch of hops.

M- The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, a pretty tasty brew that is worth picking up. Another solid beer from Fort Collins.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours from 12oz bottle a deep brown with reddish hues and a medium sized head of tannish foam. After a few minutes, it settles down to a fine broken layer with lots of lacing.

The smell has a lot of chocolate and grain in the nose.

The taste is big on the chocolate up front but it's a semi-sweet chocolate. Could be desribed as a cocoa flavour. Further sips in and I'm getting some caramel with a bit of a hop bite that makes for, an overall, very balanced flavour. The finish has a touch of smoke to it. Very nicely done indeed. The flavours work so well together; tast, really smooth, and very darn drinkable. Good mouthfeel too. I really like this Schwartzbier...wish they carried it here in Casper.

Bottom line: Like I said, this is a very drinkable and tasty Schwarzbier. I'll have to pick up some more on my next trip to Ft Collins! Recommended!

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.07/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: From the bottle poured a rich deep chocolate coloring, while in the glass was a flat black. The head was disappointing, never really gathering enough strength to form nor retain and was khaki in color for its brief stay.

S: Light roasty malt and chocolate appears on the nose with moderately good results and strength. Earthy with a light charred character and burnt caramel sweetness. Per style this was pretty generous in the aromatic sense.

T: Light roasty grains, burnt chocolate and a bit of smokiness starts things off in the right direction. There is a nice bit or burnt grain sweetness coming through initially that is accompanied by creamer enriched coffee notes. Earthy roastedness and a residual lacing ensures on the swallow with a moderate bitterness of freshly roasted beans. Overall had a pretty robust flavor per style, with just a touch of smokiness that borders almost on porter strength.

M: Pretty good fullness for a Schwarz, would even be good for a porter. Roasty with a smoky charred coating that sits well on the tongue. Light carbonation factor with a silky texture suits this well.

D: Good drinkability, rich and robust flavor while still maintaining a smooth and easy to consume nature makes this a prime example. Six pack worthy.

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Photo of Haybeerman
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep, dark brown. Poured a 1 finger chocolate head that dissipated to an even skim. Sticky lace in patches

S: Toasted male, chocolate and earthy smoke in the background.

T: Big, rich toasted malt. Peppery flavor lingers a bit into the finish. The finish is sharply bitter with a burn toast/smoke. Very interesting.

M: Light side of medium body. Nicely balanced carbonation. Starts a littly bubbly on the tongue, but finishes coating and dry.

D: Wonderfully complex beer to me. Lots to sift through and savor. ABV pretty moderate so I could go at this one for a while.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted on 1/18/06 at Bricks (Beer Bar) in Cedar Rapids, IA.

Dark brown in color with a nice light beige head, decent carbonation, and some lace. Nice light chocolate aromas and flavors. The flavor was more robust than the aroma. Medium bodied with a clean finish.

Per Label: "Schwarzbier" & "Tettnang hops"

A very nice offering that seems true to the style.

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Photo of barczar
3.62/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque deep cola brown with amber highlights and a quarter inch tan head that quickly dissipates, leaving no lacing.

Roast malt, with hints of caramel and chocolate and a tobacco finish comprise the aroma. Notes of soy emerge as it warms.

Flavor is dominated by roast malt throughout, with heavily toasted, burnt breadcrust, a touch of molasses sweetness, and an herbal hop finish adding complexity. There's a touch of bitterness at the finish. Notes of coffee grounds and chocolate surface late.

Body is moderate, with moderate carbonation and a bit if of astringency at the finish.

Overall, one of the more characterful beers I've tried from Fort Collins. The roast burnt flavor is a bit overwhelming, though.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Got this in the variety case with 6 types.

A - Pitch black with decent head. Really good looking Schwartz
S - Mostly roasted malt backbone with a solid chocolate or coffee malt and slight rum but very faint.
T - Wow very delicious! Full of roasted and burt malts along with mild chocolate and coffee with not bitter bite to speak of.
M - Very thin yet full of flavor. Really liked it
D - If I could see this stocked around my town I would drop 12 dollars a sixer easy. Very drinkable and succession-able yet I drank through too quick as the two I had are gone already.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.39/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a nice shiek looking black with cola brown and ruby highlights. Very quick head dissipates to nothing. The aroma is of nicely roasted malts, giving notes of chocolate and light coffee. Then the smokey malts add an air of more milky chocolate to the aroma. The taste starts with malts roated so dark, it gives off a slightly bitter, acidic twang. But the smoke quells the acid in themiddle. While some faint American hops and maybe some brown sugar bring it all together in the finish. Great session beer with its super malt bill and awesomely smooth smokiness.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.12/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in my Warsteiner pilsener. Poured a deep, opaque brown with ruby red highlights when backlit. One inch loose, khaki-colored head lost half its volume in under a minute before settling into a solid quarter inch cap; strands of sticky lacing present during the tasting. Strong nose of coffee, chocolate and malt without being cloyingly sweet. Flavors consistent with nose, with a smokey character present in the foreground. Light-bodied and lively mouthfeel with a mild carbonation burn across the tongue and a residual smokiness that lingers lightly at the end. Alcohol is well-hidden and brew is both flavorful and refreshing at the same time. A solid example of the style.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.18/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark crimson tone. Very nice clarity. Thin and bubly chocolate brown head. Lace is quite full. Pretty nice aroma of smoked malts and chocolate here. Nice mixture of caramel malts and roasted malts with the slight emphasis being on the roasted characteristics. A little smokiness as well. Very palatable and quite drinkable. Even keeled mouthfeel with a very drinkable aspect about it. One of the better Schwarzbiers I've had in a while.

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Photo of Bung
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz. Nearly black pour, thing layer of white head. Does retain pretty well.

Aroma has toasted malt and quite a bit of milk chocolate.

Taste is a smooth chocolate, light roast coffee and lighter anise. Faintest herbal tones. Finishes pretty dry with some cocoa.

Another in the style that makes for a session drink. Lighter bodied but quite smooth.

This style is definetely my under the radar favorite, so many I've tried I have been really satisfied with.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance- The beer pours a dark brown color with a two finger brown colored head. The head fades rather fast to leave a lighter level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell-The aroma is sweet of caramel and has a nice backbone of roasted malt and a touch of smoke.

Taste- The taste begins with some roasted malt and some sweet caramel upfront. As the flavors advance, some flavors of coffee and a bit more roastedness come to the tongue with the dwindling of some of the caramel. A toffee like sweetness replaces the caramel though, maintaining the sweetness of the brew. In the end a light smokiness comes to the tongue leaving a pleasant sweet and roasted flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel- The body of the beer is average to light with a carbonation level that is on the average side. A slightly thicker body may have been better for the roasted flavors of the brew, although the carbonation level was rather fitting for the drinkability and strength of the beer.

Overall- A rather decent black lager with a decent flavor and mix between sweet and malt. Rather easy drinking overall.

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Photo of ZAP
4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pretty close to black...some brown hues..

S-Interesting...milk chocolate....smoked meats...nice mix...

T-Nice flavor to this...roasted malts... milk chocolate..some smokiness....maybe a tich of caramel...enjoyable..

M-Medium to light medium...about perfect...smooth, clean
texture..

D-I'm impressed....excellent schwartzy with a twist..

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Photo of glid02
3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from a mixed 12-pack from Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours one shade away from black with light brown highlights and a one-finger tan head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of roasted and black malts with good hints of unsweetened chocolate. As it warms the black malt aromas come out a bit more.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Black and roasted malt flavors up front are joined by hints of cocoa midway through the sip that disappear before a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a solid thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I didn't have a problem finishing the bottle and could have another.

Overall this was a solid schwarzbier and one that I would visit again. The flavors aren't as dark as others I've had in the style and the flavors integrate well. Worth a shot.

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Photo of mynie
4.24/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not a great pour for a schwarz. Translucent. More of a very dark red than a black. Ruby near the bottom and all over when held to a light. Decent head.

HEAVY chocolate smell mixed with schwarz smoke. All sorts of chocolate--milk and dark and powdered and syrup. A little bit of potting soil in their, too.

Nice heavy chocolate falvor with a middle muddied by smoke and an end of sour hops and more coco. Brisk, nicely aged. Tingles of fruit on the back of my tongue.

Another great example of the style from Fort Collins.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle of Fort Collins Brewing's Kidd Lager a few weeks ago for $1.72 at Toskey Sands Market. I've never seen this beer before and I needed another beer for mixed six pack and I decided to take a chance on it, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks ok, it's a little cheesy looking but other than that it doesn't look bad. It poured a dark brown color that took on some ruby highlights when held to the light with a finger and a half worth of tan head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some spotty lacing behind. This is a nice looking beer, the head could be a little better but other than that it looked fine.

S- The aroma starts off with a medium amount of sweetness that had a slight molasses like aroma to it and it was followed by loads of malts that impart a nice roasted, caramel and grainy aroma with some nice chocolate aromas sticking out the most. I also get a slightly smokey aroma. This beer has a pretty good aroma with lots of nice chocolate aromas coming through.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness followed by lots of roasted malt flavors that impart a roasty, grainy, and slight caramel like flavor with the chocolate aspect still sticking out the most. Up next comes a pretty light smokey flavor with a little more sweetness and a lower amount of bitterness with a grainy, roasted malt and chocolate like aftertaste. This is a pretty good tasting beer that was very true to style.

M- Smooth, crisp, clean, on the thicker side of being light bodied with a slightly higher amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was pretty good and it worked well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a good beer and pretty good example of the style, it had all the aspects that I look for in the style with a nice and roasted flavor while still maintaining a light and drinkable body. This beer had good drinkability, it was smooth, clean, not filling and the taste did a good job at holding my attention, I could drink a few of these and it makes for a nice and sessionable beer to enjoy in the wintertime. What I liked the most about this beer was how true to style it was, from the taste to the aroma to the mouthfeel this was just what I would expect from a good Schwarzbier. What I liked the least about this beer was the appearance, it wasn't bad looking, but I thought the head could have been a little better. I would buy this beer again when looking for a Schwarzbier and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys the style. All in all I was happy with this beer, I was looking for a good Schwarzbier and this beer delivered. Good job guys, this was a good example of the style and I enjoyed drinking it, keep up the good work.

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Photo of cpetrone84
4.02/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-pours a dark liquid, almost black. Hues of red shine through giving a ruby red color with light shined upon it. The head is tan in color, thin and bubbly, with little retention and virtually no lacing.

S-the nose is quite fair in strength, it brings a good bit of roasted, burnt coffee, lightly smoked, notes of dark chocolate and toffee, a touch of caramel malt underneath. The back end brings a hop aroma of citric and floral esters.

T-big time roasted flavors. Burnt coffee is definintely quite strong giving it a roasted malt taste with a hint of smokiness. The dark chocolate adds a hint of sweetness but isn't very strong. Caramel and toffee lie underneath as a hop presence gives a nice balanced, and slightly bitter finish. the hops do add a nice touch of floral esters with herbal notes

M-this is extremely smooth, so smooth and just a touch of creaminess. It is light bodied, and the carbonation is light but still bringing a crisp finish.

D-this is a very tasty brew. Big bold flavors that blend together very well. Light body and easy drinking, great flavors, easily sessionable

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a clear black color. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes slowly into moderate lacing. The aroma is of roasted malt, chocolate, and had a clean lager quality. The taste is similar to the aroma. It is more stout like than any schwarzbier I've yet tasted, but it works. The mouthfeel is medium-light bodied which is fitting for the style. The carbonation is moderate, and the texture is of velvet. Overall, this is a really nice, sessionable beer. I will certainly drink this again.

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